We found this: JANUARY 18, 1899 Lawrenceville News
|Lawrenceville Coal Co. Jul 7 1926|
Not exactly enough to qualify as coal industry....but then because it was cold and snowy and we didn't want to venture out, we decided to look further into our geological history and found this post published on Sept 23, 2015:
The Daily Illini April 11, 1957 Geologists to Take Field Trip
The first of three field trips conducted by the Illinois State Geological Survey will be held Saturday, according to George M. Wilson, head of the Surveys Educational Extension service. The trip will be conducted in the Lawrenceville area in the Little Wabash River Valley and adjacent to the wide flats of the Wabash River, once a broad turbulent river fed by melting glaciers. Beneath the glacial sands and gravels is bedrock of the Pennsylvanian age, some 350 million years old. These rocks contain the Illinois coal beds, widely mined in other parts of the state, and many of the oil producing sands. The trip will include a visit to both old and new style pump jacks used in the Lawrence County oil fields. The earth science field trips are planned to acquaint science teachers, farmers, students, and interested laymen with the development of the local landscape and the geological processes that formed the rocks and the present hills and valleys. The group will leave Lawrenceville High School at 9am Saturday.
Low and behold we found the ACTUAL field trip pamphlet on the internet. It's an interesting narrated road trip with driving directions explaining our geological history. While we don't advise driving this "science lesson" in bad weather, it might fun for some history detective to plot it on a map and send it to us, so we could share with everyone. catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100147128
Yesterday's post asking for help identifying some photos brought several answers.
Moose baseball team J Lathrop:
back row left- Floyd Gaddey
back row 2nd from left standing - Barney Dickerson
back row center- Paul "Shag" Brown
front row left- Wayne Large
Front row right- Lonnie Griffith
M Wagner said the first guy on the left in the front row is Curtis (Turk) Hill, her father, and A. Dale said on the far right, back row looks like Gene Carl from Petrolia but he wasn't certain. This response is exactly what we wanted. We now have some names. Continue to look at our photos and if you are able to identify any, we need that information. If we don't identify them now, the next generation certainly won't be able to do so. The next time you are at the History Center, please ask to see the actual 8 x 10 photos for further identifications.
It must have been the snowy roads that kept everyone inside and reading the blog.We have had 264,790 views since we started the blog in Aug 2010. That doesn't count the emails that you receive-- only the times people have actually clicked on the blog itself. By the way, the most viewed blogs have been Queen Mary's River Pearl with 2836 views, followed closely by the First LTHS Building with 2736 views.
The blog post yesterday about the two motels on State Street also provoked some response. R Peneton started by saying that the Dixie cabins were torn down and the Casey General store was built in their place. He remembered several buildings of maybe brick construction. Then J Schoffstall asked if Mattie Kingery and Mattie Henry were one and the same. M Wagner confirmed the location of the green cabins and said that they were eventually used for apartments on State Street. She also stated that they were last owned by Mattie Henry, mother of Walker Henry. Thank you to all for this information to further our archives of the History of Hotels, Motels, and Boarding Houses in the County. If anyone has any other information or Photos please we would love to know.
E. Brumley commented that in the 1960's he remembered a large house where CVS is currently located on the northeast corner of 15th and State on a heavily shaded wood lot with a neon sign in front that said "Tourist Rooms." Does anyone else remember this?